STD/STI Home Testing Kits - FAQ
Which STIs can I test for at home using rapid test kits?
You can test for Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea, Hepatitis B, Syphilis and HIV using the iCare self-test kits.
Are the iCare rapid test kits accurate?
Yes, they are extremely accurate. They typically have 99% sensitivity and 99% specificity. The exact specifications are given on each test type. These measurements are the results of laboratory testing against known +- subjects compared to the iCare test kits. Sensitivity measures the detection of a + result and specificity measures the detection of a negative result. The test kits also have a failed test indication.
Who manufactures the iCare test kits?
The iCare range of STD/STI test kits are manufactured by JAL Medical. JAL Medical produce a wide range of invitro medical testing devices and supply international health organisations and government bodies alike.
How do the rapid test kits work?
A fluid sample is collected using the supplied cotton bud or lancet. This is then diluted and added to the test cartridge which as a reactant to the test subject (i.e. Chlamydia Antigen or HIV antibody). As the reaction takes place (typically +- 1 minute) the test strip will react to the 1st line which indicates a successful test and if the target subject is reacted to then the 2nd line will appear indicating a positive result.
Do the self-test kits test for multiple STDs at the same time?
No, each test requires a unique test kit as each test kit is manufactured to react to a specific test subject. We do sell a multi-pack of Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea, Syphilis and Hepatitis B that represents a saving of >$100 off the single kit pricing. Note. This pack does not include HIV which is sold as a separate test only.
Is my privacy going to be respected?
Yes, absolutely. Privacy and convenience are major factors that contribute to testing decisions by individuals. We will not share your details with anyone and we will not email you with any marketing emails. Your products will be packaged discreetly and your credit card statement will show as a non-traceable reference which will be advised to you when you order.
What is Chlamydia?
Chlamydia is a bacterial infection that is an extremely common STD infection. It is easily transmitted and, in many cases, infected individuals have no symptoms. If they do present with symptoms, they may have a discharge and slight pain when urinating. Detection of a Chlamydia infection is a simple process and is done by a Chlamydia rapid test kit.
What is Gonorrhoea?
Gonorrhoea is a bacterial infection which can be easily transmitted through sexual contact. Condom usage does not guarantee protection.
Infected individuals may present with pain in the vagina or testicles and this is accompanied by a visible discharge. Testing is carried out by a swab of the infected area and a Gonorrhoea rapid test kit which gives results within minutes.
What is Syphilis?
Syphilis is a bacterial infection that is spread through sexual contact and progresses in stages of symptoms in the infected individual. The 1st stage is a sore then a 2bnd staged of a skin rash. Years later the bacteria goes onto damage internal organs. It is easily testing for using a Syphilis rapid test kit.
What is Hepatitis B?
Hepatitis B can be transmitted by body fluids (blood, semen etc) and is a viral infection that infects the liver. Initial; stages will be inflammation but this then progresses onto cirrhosis of the liver. Individual may feel fatigue, nausea and notice dark urine as the liver is impacted by the infection. Detection is easily carried out using a Hepatitis rapid test kit.
What is HIV?
HIV is the Human Immunodeficiency Virus that leads to AIDS in which an induvial immune system is compromised. It is spread through sexual contact. Both major strains HIV-1 and HIV-2 can be detected using an HIV rapid test kit.
Is self-testing for me?
If you are looking to test for a major STD/STI and are comfortable doing so without medical supervision then self-testing may be for you. Self-testing for STDs/STIs with home/rapid test kits offers individuals privacy and convenience. However, if you are concerned that you may not be able to test or to cope with the results alone then you should seek medical assistance with your testing.
What do I do if I test positive?
If you test positive to an STI/STD it is wise to seek treatment from a medical professional. As well as physical medical centres many individuals use online services which allow medications to be sent to a local pharmacy for collection after an online/skype consultation. If you test positive for HIV you should contact your doctor or another suitable medical professional for assistance which will involve confirmation testing and treatment. Early detection and early treatment are very important factors in the process of protecting your health and the health of others.